Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 17th Anniversary

On March 7, 2001, I sat in a television studio in New York across from Regis Philbin and answered multiple choice questions until I missed.  I wound up winning $32,000 at this little exercise, and along the way, Regis and I talked about my nude modeling job in front of the studio audience and the many cameras.

That episode aired four days later, on Sunday night, March 11th.  I went to the store that day, and as I was checking out I looked around at everyone and wondered how many of them would be watching me that night.  All they had to do was tune their televisions to ABC.  In fact, that applied to anyone in the country, all 250 million of them.  It was such a surreal experience.  And for a few days after the show aired, people did double takes when they saw me, many of them actually approaching and talking to me as if they knew me, asking about the show and the money I had won.

It’s hard to believe that it has been seventeen years since that amazing experience, but I have grown older.  My kids have grown up.  My toddler son is now a father himself.

Here’s the video of my appearance on the show (D.H. Jonathan is a pen name I used when publishing The “Volunteer”).

Audible and Amazon Reviews

I just saw that a review of the audiobook edition of The “Volunteer” has been posted on Audible.com.  The review was favorable, giving the book four stars overall, and had good things to say about the narrator Loral Miller.  The review was dated December 18, 2017, but I just saw it on the book’s Audible page today.

There have also been two new reviews of The “Volunteer” posted on Amazon in the past couple of days.  I did notice that the first (and so far only) one star review had been posted on December 10, 2017, by someone who admitted in that review to reading an early draft of the book, so it is gratifying to see the two new favorable reviews posted since.  I had long ago decided not to answer negative reviews in any way.  The work should stand on its own, without having to be defended by its author, and authors have to realize that no book will receive universal praise.  But I did notice today that that one star review had a comment attached to it by another reader, a rebuttal of sorts.  That comment was posted almost a month ago, but I just noticed it today.

I would like to thank all my readers for every review of The “Volunteer“.  The book currently has 41 reviews on Amazon.com, with an average rating of 4.5 stars, plus an additional 6 reviews on Amazon.co.uk and another 2 on Amazon.ca.  And there is also the review on Audible which doesn’t show up on any of the Amazon pages.  Thank you to everyone!

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Download the Audiobook

Judging from the running time of the audiobook version of The “Volunteer” as posted on the book’s Amazon and Audible pages, the corrected files have been loaded into production.  If you’ve already purchased the audio version, just go back to Amazon, Audible, or iTunes and re-download the book.  That should replace the uncorrected files with the new ones.  The book is, of course, also available in paperback and Kindle editions.

Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/Erotica-Sexuality/The-Volunteer-Audiobook/B0785NJCZN

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/The-Volunteer-A-Novel/dp/B077YR8NSY/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/the-volunteer-a-novel-unabridged/id1322630342

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Audio Book Issue and the Trials of an Independent Author

I wanted potential readers to be aware that there is an issue with a couple of the audio files that made it into the production audiobook for The “Volunteer”.  I do have the corrected files, but the whole thing has to go through the quality assurance process again.  So it will be a couple of weeks before the corrections appear in the production book.  I’ll make another post when the corrections have been loaded, and I apologize to those who have already purchased the audiobook.

There are a few minutes early in Chapter 7 that didn’t get properly edited, so you will hear a few stops and restarts in the narration.  That will, however, be fixed soon.

Share a Slice Podcast

I was recently a guest on Sean McGuire’s Share a Slice podcast, where we talked about my book The “Volunteer” and several of the aspects of that story: public nudity, nude modeling, activism by Andrew Martinez and Gypsy Taub, and sexualized nudity in media versus commonplace nudity in practice.  We even talked about an old episode of MASH and my 2001 appearance on the TV gameshow Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.  Give it a listen here:  http://shareaslicepodcast.com/2017/11/07/volunteer/

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Grandparenthood and NaNoWriMo

My first granddaughter arrived on October 10, and I have been over the moon about her.  My son and his girlfriend live with us right now, so I get to see the baby every day when I come home, and I have trouble putting her down.

November has, of course, arrived, and I am using the big National Novel Writing Month to motivate myself to write a huge chunk of the sequel to The “Volunteer”.  I’m off to a good start, all things considered.

Here’s a shot which gives you a bit of an idea about my life right now.  I am, of course, working on the sequel on my laptop…

Writing with Piper